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One Punch, One Son’s Life- Just 4 Years Jail

February 26, 2014

1 punch 1 life 4 yrs

I’m covering this case because Andrew Young had Asperger’s. The act of his killing doesn’t appear to be linked in any way to his disability- however his disability is relevant because it could explain why he approached his killer in the first place.

Here is a CCTV video of the moment Andrew Young was punched, along with full details of the case.

Understandably, Andrew Young’s mother thinks the 4-year sentence is very lenient. Do you have any thoughts on this, readers? Comments welcome below.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Wilcox permalink
    February 26, 2014 7:47 am

    I am shocked by this story, the fact here is a thug / bully ended the life of an innocence person by a brutal attack. This should carry a life term sentence, end of story. However, for too long has society treated people with learning disabilities as second graded citizens. People with any form of disability have the same rights as people without. Why is it that they always get treated differently ? I hear all the time that the police and the cps do not take cases forward to prosecution because ‘they’ people with a disability ‘do not make good witnesses’. Things need to change, I an sure if the person here that was murdered did not have a disability the outcome would be very different. Change is needed, but clearly understanding is the biggest barrier. I hope in this case that the sentence is appealed and appropriate long-term sentence is given.

  2. Lisa Reardon permalink
    February 26, 2014 9:11 am

    Absolutely Paul.
    THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS…This sends out the message that it’s OK to kill people, and with hate crimes increasing exponentially against disabled people, it is also validating that crime too.
    Cannot the government enforce higher penalties? In reality this murderer will be out in 18 months!!!! Just had a thought….maybe IDS is hiring proper contract killers instead of private companies like ATOS to kill the”stock”! Makes my blood boil!

  3. February 26, 2014 3:36 pm

    Nothing will stop mindless stupidity, or people who punch others for no reason. But the law can make such people think again before they lash out. This sentence devalues us all. It means we are worth so little, our families and our friends are of no regard by the law. We are uncared for, the system is not concerned with what happens to any of us. I betcha, though, if this thug had killed a rich person or someone of note, he would be doing life! Now tell me, why do we pay tax, or more importantly, why do we bother with this rotten country at all?

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